FIRST CLASS, FIRST ROW
Designer Sabyasachi drew in Deepika Padukone and Karisma Kapoor, among a bevy of stars, for his sumptuous grand finale at the Lakme Fashion Week
Painting towns red
While Poonam Bhagat seems to be getting quite a rough time in her marital dispute with Jai Shroff, the husband doesn’t seem to worry much. He’s been painting quite a few towns red with his social life we hear. A fortnight or so ago, he holidayed with his putative girlfriend Natalia Kapchuk in the south of France. Our friends there spotted the two cycling away around the area. While we also hear that they spent some time with his children on a yacht called the Robusta in the Mediterranean. The yacht was fitted with top-line Ukranian concierge services too, and we know Kapuchuk hails from Ukraine. Then, at Ravi and Madhu Ruia’s home last week where Sangita Kathiwada was also a guest, Shroff accompanied Payal Girdharlal (the former wife of Atyla Mafatlal) and another lady whose name we will keep to ourselves for now. The other lady is a much married socialite who lives between London and Uganda (where her husband has business interests). She also visited Shroff in Park Lane’s posh Dorchester hotel in London recently. Of course we’re only saying they are good friends, perhaps very good friends.
The exhibition that mesmerised the culturati in Delhi now comes to Mumbai. We are naturally excited about The Theatre of E Alkazi, a retrospective exhibition of thespian Ebrahim Alkazi’s theatre work – he started his theatrical stint in Mumbai – will be mounted at the National Gallery of Modern Art soon. The exhibition, curated by his daughter and former director of the National School of Drama, Amal Allana, features rare photographs, objects, archival documents, and models of stage sets from his iconic plays such as Three Penny Opera and Miss Julie. We also look forward to finding rare pictures of a young Om Puri in Suryamukh and Kusum Bahl (now Haider) just 16, a student of Alkazi’s school of dramatic arts, playing Antigone.
The lovely Kareena Kapoor Khan, who on Sunday walked the fashion runway for designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, is glowing even more than usual thanks to her pregnancy. She’s also almost always in good cheer, say those close to her. Perhaps this is why she had warmed up to her former boyfriend Shahid Kapur. Kapur and his wife Mira were blessed with their first child– a daughter– on Friday. Kapoor Khan was quick to send him a congratulatory message. Of course we know that Saif Ali Khan is now acting with Shahid in an upcoming movie, but we especially like those who let bygones rest in peace.
Gal pals forever
Guess who is new besties with Zhu Zhu, the Chineze actor who co-stars along with Salman Khan in Kabir Khan’s next? Iulia Vantur of course. Salman’s alleged love interest and the Asian actor are apparently getting on like the proverbial house on fire. During the film’s first schedule at Leh, Khan had asked Vantur to make friends with his co-star and make her feel at home. Zhu Zhu and Vantur turned out to gel rather well. In fact we hear the two message each other often during the day, and are often chatting as young women are wont to do. With Zhu Zhu’s wild party images out on online sites lately, we wonder what Khan will say next.
It’s the kind of love story that’s only spoken of in hushed tones. Not just because one among these two erudite and elegant gentlemen is married with children, but also because the pair have lent such grace to their friendship. The former head of a healthcare major and a senior journalist have been more than friends since their boarding school days. But societal norms and a sense of propriety kept them playing their roles traditionally. It is only recently, with a newfound respect that alternate love stories are finding, that the two have decided to make their love public. The pair is seen in each other’s company at soirees, and even hosts a few together. So long as everyone is happy ever after.Read more at:cocktail dresses | evening dresses